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United Kingdom to phase out coal power by 2025

United Kingdom to phase out coal power by 2025”

However, experts have warned that despite the 2025 cut-off Britain's six remaining coal plants could still enjoy an 11th-hour revival by scooping up contracts to generate power during the winter.

Britain will set an emission limit on coal-fired power generators from October 1, 2025, forcing them to close unless they are fitted with carbon capture technology, the government said on Friday.

Since 2012, coal generation has seen a dramatic fall of 80 percent, andfigures for this past year showed that coal supplied less than 7 percent of the country's electricity needs.

Around 6 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power capacity is now in use, capable of powering around 6 million homes, but BEIS said that by the 2025 date it expects this to fall to just 1.5 GW and that other forms of generation will make up the shortfall.

"As coal is the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel, a global transition away from unabated coal use is necessary if we are to achieve the ambition set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement", the government said in its response, adding that its plan sets a "bold example" to other countries around the world.

Coal has already largely been driven off the United Kingdom grid, down to a number of factors including an abundance of cheap natural gas and the plummeting cost and rapid rollout of renewables.

However, it is believed that it would be uneconomical for coal power plant owners to make such investment.

The British government has published its long-awaited plans for how it will implement its ambitious coal phase-out plan by 2025. The government already estimates that all these power plants are unprofitable, not only due to carbon taxes but also due to low gas prices.

"Our assessment is that the Capacity Market will ensure that there is sufficient capacity in place to replace unabated coal units when they close", BEIS said.

But Marshall questioned the decision to allow coal power to bid into the Capacity Market up to 2025, dubbing it a "missed opportunity".

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